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#172605 - 09/06/16 09:39 PM Encore Descision
DeerDad
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I liberated an Encore rifle from the local gun shop to convert it to a pistol. The deal was too good to pass up. Now the question is what pistol cartridge to get. I am leaning heavily to the plain 308. I already have a Contender in 45-70, 30-30, 7x30 Waters, 375JDJ, and 30 Herrett. I hunt deer and hogs in Louisiana and Mississippi. All my shots are less than 200 yards.

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#172608 - 09/06/16 09:46 PM Re: Encore Descision [Re: DeerDad]
Zee
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Ain't nothing wrong with a .308 Winchester.

I have SEVERAL rifles and 2 specialty pistols so chambered.
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#172609 - 09/06/16 09:51 PM Re: Encore Descision [Re: DeerDad]
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Honestly, and this is just my personal desires talking, I'd want a 6.5 Creedmoor. I'm just really interested in that cartridge, and I think it would be great for a 200 yard maximum Encore pistol. That said, you absolutely could not go wrong with a 308, either. That seems like a really popular Encore chambering here, and with good reason.


Edited by TN Lone Wolf (09/06/16 09:58 PM)
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#172613 - 09/06/16 10:09 PM Re: Encore Descision [Re: DeerDad]
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If I was to have an Encore pistol set up for 200 yards and in I'd probably go with the 460 S&W, with a 10" barrel + brake. The 308 is nice but you'd want at least a 15" tube and I'd like to keep it more compact.
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#172618 - 09/06/16 10:15 PM Re: Encore Descision [Re: DeerDad]
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I've been happy with my 15" .308 barrel. It shoots under MOA with 165 gr BTs and Alliant Reloader 15. I just never wind up taking it hunting though.
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#172619 - 09/06/16 10:19 PM Re: Encore Descision [Re: TN Lone Wolf]
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I have an Encore SSK 260 Rem 15" and it is a sweet shooter with the Nosler 125 gr. My .270 Encore 15" in the Barnes 130gr. is a bad boy on hogs, too.

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#172620 - 09/06/16 10:19 PM Re: Encore Descision [Re: s4s4u]
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I like my 308 and 7-08. Both are one shot stoppers on deer and hogs. I'd go with a 15 inch barrel with any bottleneck cartridge.
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#172638 - 09/07/16 06:35 AM Re: Encore Descision [Re: Okie Hunter]
racksmasher1
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 Originally Posted By: Okie Hunter
I like my 308 and 7-08. Both are one shot stoppers on deer and hogs. I'd go with a 15 inch barrel with any bottleneck cartridge.
These 2 are my favorites!

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#172658 - 09/07/16 11:24 AM Re: Encore Descision [Re: racksmasher1]
Dekker
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Nothing wrong with the 308, but I would also take a look at the 338 Federal. It would make for a dandy thumper in an Encore for deer/hogs.

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#172671 - 09/07/16 06:32 PM Re: Encore Descision [Re: Dekker]
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Nothing wrong with the .308. I prefer the 30-06. I have a friend with a .308 and out of the 15" tube I can get him by 200fps. Mine is a legit 1/2 minute gun. If I had to go buy a new one tomorrow I would have to think about a 7-08.
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